Jamie Paisley

Radio host and fine arts producer

Jamie Paisley is a radio host and fine arts producer, contributing to music programming, Current State fine arts features, station promotions and WKAR's online presence.

He is also an accomplished singer and TV trivia game show winner.

Paisley joined WKAR in August 2015.

Jamie Paisley arrived at WKAR from LA, where he worked for KUSC-FM and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.  At KUSC, in addition to his duties as music director and host, Jamie built the station's Twitter platform and social media presence.

Paisley is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York with a degree in music education.

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courtesy / Tanya Ell

Jamie Paisley talks with Okemos native and current Cleveland Orchestra cellist Tanya Ell about her return to Michigan to play with the Lansing Symphony


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WKAR's Jamie Paisley talks with Marcelo Lehninger about getting to know a new orchestra and the upcoming Brahms/Schumann concert at Royce Auditorium, in the St. Cecilia Music Center


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For three years now, Shelly Smith has been herding cats. She is the Ann Arbor organizer of ‘50 First Jokes,’ which brings 50 fellow comedians onto one stage to tell their first jokes of the new year.

The Espresso Book Machine
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

There is a café located on the first floor of the Michigan State University Library, it serves the usual goods you’d expect. Light snacks and a few beloved liquid forms of caffeine. But one floor above it, there is an Espresso Machine. It doesn’t make coffee, however. It makes books.


Henry Kwok in his restaurant
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

This weekend, many stores and restaurants will be closed for Christmas. But there is one group of businesses who thrive when most everyone else takes the day off.


Classical Bells photo
Courtesy photo / Darlene Ebersole

We catch up with Classical Bells artistic director Darlene Ebersole about playing their bells.


Photo of Jamie Paisley with his Butt-Numb-A-Thon 18 badge
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

He just finished watching movies for 24 hours in one movie theater. We get a rundown of the “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” film festival from Current State’s Jamie Paisley, including how he and his fellow marathoners will be part of next year's “Star Wars Episode 8.”


Matt Eldred & Zyle Zeuch photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Meet two of the people helping the Lansing Symphony Orchestra this Sunday during their annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Wharton Center, the MSU Youth Chorale’s Kyle Zeuch and singer Matt Eldred.


Violist Paul Neubauer photo
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Some of the world’s greatest musicians are bringing the best of Johann Sebastian Bach to the Wharton Center. We speak with a member of New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center about Thursday’s concert.


AIDS quilt photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Museum

The entire 48,000-plus panels of the AIDS quilt were last displayed nearly 20 years ago in Washington D.C. On this World AIDS day, the MSU Museum has been loaned a portion of them to display for the next 10 days. We speak with a curator of the Museum about how quilts capture the emotions of an underrepresented population.


Michelle Obama with Perfect Fourth String Quartet photo
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The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which teaches underprivileged youths, recently sent four students to perform at the White House for Michelle Obama. We speak to their director about that performance opportunity of a lifetime.


'The Princess Who Saved Herself' photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Riverwalk Theatre will stage a new musical, “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” starting this weekend. Meet the author of this premiere production as well as the Chippewa Junior High Schooler who had to learn to play guitar so she could also play the princess.


Iqbal Khan photo
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We speak with the English-Pakistani theater director Iqbal Khan, who has led productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theater, and recently at the Hollywood Bowl. He's in town this week talking about Shakespeare with students and faculty.


An extended conversation with English director Iqbal Khan, who has directed for The Globe Theater in London, as well as for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He speaks with WKAR's Jamie Paisley about why audiences have been drawn to his productions, and the salient points about contemporary casting in our seemingly contradictory post-Brexit, post-Trump-election world, which remains just as multicultural as it was a few months ago.

Elixer of Love rehearsal photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State previews the MSU College of Music’s production of the comedic opera “The Elixir of Love.”


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